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Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Build containment areas prior to beginning abatement or decontamination work.
    • Remove asbestos or lead from surfaces, using hand or power tools such as scrapers, vacuums, or high-pressure sprayers.
    • Identify asbestos, lead, or other hazardous materials to be removed, using monitoring devices.
    • Prepare hazardous material for removal or storage.
    • Record numbers of containers stored at disposal sites, specifying amounts or types of equipment or waste disposed.
    • Comply with prescribed safety procedures or federal laws regulating waste disposal methods.
    • Sort specialized hazardous waste at landfills or disposal centers, following proper disposal procedures.
    • Operate cranes to move or load baskets, casks, or canisters.
    • Drive trucks or other heavy equipment to convey contaminated waste to designated sea or ground locations.
    • Load or unload materials into containers or onto trucks, using hoists or forklifts.
    • Identify or separate waste products or materials for recycling or reuse.
    • Clean contaminated equipment or areas for reuse, using detergents or solvents, sandblasters, filter pumps, or steam cleaners.
    • Remove or limit contamination following emergencies involving hazardous substances.
    • Clean mold-contaminated sites by removing damaged porous materials or thoroughly cleaning all contaminated nonporous materials.
    • Operate machines or equipment to remove, package, store, or transport loads of waste materials.
    • Upload baskets of irradiated elements onto machines that insert fuel elements into canisters and secure lids.
    • Process e-waste, such as computer components containing lead or mercury.
    • Organize or track the locations of hazardous items in landfills.
    • Mix or pour concrete into forms to encase waste material for disposal.
    • Apply bioremediation techniques to hazardous wastes to allow naturally occurring bacteria to break down toxic substances.
    • Package, store, or move irradiated fuel elements in the underwater storage basins of nuclear reactor plants, using machines or equipment.


    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.


    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 49950/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 24.01/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,490
    • Yearly Projected Openings 320

    Typical Education


    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Integrity


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    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.

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